IT’S NOT WHAT YOU THINK BY JEFFERSON BETHKE BE STILL BLOG SERIES PART 3- BE A SEEKER

Some time a few months ago, I received an email saying I’d been picked for the social media launch team for Jefferson Bethke’s new book, “It’s Not What You Think.” I’m telling you this for one purpose. I want to … Continue reading

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It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke BE STILL Blog Series Part 2- Be Open

Be Open Some time a few months ago, I received an email saying I’d been picked for the social media launch team for Jefferson Bethke’s new book, “It’s Not What You Think.” I’m telling you this for one purpose. I … Continue reading

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It’s Not What You Think by Jefferson Bethke: Be Still Blog Series Part 1- Be Social

Be Social Some time a few months ago, I received an email saying I’d been picked for the social media launch team for Jefferson Bethke’s new book, “It’s Not What You Think.” I’m telling you this for one purpose. I … Continue reading

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The Greatest Artist of All Time

On Monday, I wrote about pride and humility and then used the imagery of a chef to paint a picture of God’s creation.  If you’d like, do me the honor of taking a quick look at that here.

This week my posts have been focused on taking the attention away from myself  and directing the spotlight toward others.  On Tuesday, I asked you to tell me about your best post ever.  On a side note, that was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed getting to see so many fantastic posts.

I’m going to continue on the theme of bringing our focus outside of ourselves today.

Who is the Greatest Artist of All Time?

Did you watch the video? No?  Ok, I’ll wait.  It’s not even 6 minutes long, and reading this post alone could take that long…so go ahead and watch it.  I’ve got time 🙂

Ok, now that you’ve watched the video…wait, you still haven’t?  When you’re ready to watch, come back.

Moving along now.

“Too often, instead of acting like mirrors pointing back to Jesus, we try to act like billboards, advertising ourselves. But outside of Jesus we have no ability to create. In the same way the moon can’t light up without the sun-because all it is doing is reflecting the sunlight- we can’t create or bear God’s image on our own accord. Trying to get glory for things we have done is like the moon shouting, “Look how awesome I am,” when the only reason the moon is shining in the first place is because of the sun. The brightness of the moon us BORROWED brightness.” -From Jesus>Religion by Jefferson Bethke

Orignially, as an artist I was a flute player and singer.  I also picked up piano and guitar as well.  Singing became my true passion though.  For years, I poured my heart and soul into my art and to this day, music resonates with me more than any other type of expression.  Music speaks to our souls where words never can.

I’m often asked, “What’s your favorite song?” or “Who’s your favorite band/singer?”  1118810-bigthumbnail
…I hate that question.  I can never answer it.  The best you’ll get from me is a long list of favorites, or what song I’m feeling the most at that moment.
This is not because I’m flaky.  It’s because there is so much awesome music that is not even on the radio.  To give you a brief idea of a smattering of what I like check out my playlist on spotify.

As bloggers/writers/photographers/musicians/athletes/etc., it can be a challenge to attribute our hardwork to someone else.  But, after watching the video above, I hope you are conviced of where our creativity begins and ends.

When I came back to blogging after a 6 month hiatus, I knew God was calling me to give Him everything, which includes my blog.  I’d been fearful of losing readers or sounding narrow minded.  I also feared my creativity being limited if I announced I’d solely be posting on Christianity.  

beautiful_tree_5_by_cindyrellacheng-d46tvrrLong story short.  Everything God creates is good.  Not some or most things.  EVERYTHING.  He created me, and all of my creative outlets.  So if my post isn’t about Him that day, it’s all about Him anyway.  Just because your craft or art is not specifically about Jesus, doesn’t mean it can’t or won’t somehow point back to Him.

James 1:17 says, “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.”

Have you given Him your art, talent, or craft?  What’s holding you back?  It’s all His anyway.  I’d love to hear your story of struggle or success with this in the comments below.

…p.s. The guy in the video is named Jefferson Bethke, you can check out his YouTube channel here, his blog here.  Or check out his book, Jesus>Religion, here.

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